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January 16, 2023 | Vol. 10, Issue 1

Greetings! I still consider it early in the year and still appropriate to wish you a Happy New Year! It is full of possibilities, potential for growth, learning, joy and adventures. In a few short months, I will start my 10th growing season in my current role as an Extension Field Agronomist!  Prior to that I was on campus for 18 years, with a 3 year stint at ISU even earlier to that and time working in other states.Time flies when you are having fun! Each role I have been in has taught me new things, and while I don't make New Year's resolutions, I do make a list of professional goals and I hope you do as well. Maybe this year you want to explore moving to a reduced tillage system, or want to be able to manage your own soil fertility. Maybe you want to strengthen your grain marketing prowess. Whatever your goal, ISU Extension and Outreach has many resources and a team of great people to assist you. Thank you for inviting me to be part of your agronomic team. I look forward to working with you this year and into the future.  All the best, Angie

Research Reports for Use in Decision-Making on Your Farm 

2022 Regional Corn Rootworm Monitoring Network Report

Statewide Evaluation of Foliar Fungicides on Soybeans in 2022

Don't Forget your Stored Grain

Stored grain needs to be regularly checked throughout the winter. The article, Winter Stored Grain Management, provides some helpful tips to manage stored grain. Additional information can be found on the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative's resource page.

Weed Management and Herbicide Program Planning Resources for 2023

There are several updated weed management & herbicide program planning resources that might be helpful for 2023. Some of these resources are free and others are available at a cost, but I often reference several of them at once when doing program planning because weed spectrums and herbicide evaluations can vary some across the universities.

Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course Options
Here are my remaining private pesticide applicator continuing instruction courses. Please pre-register by contacting your county office.   Another option is to attend a live-streamed option of the private pesticide continuing instruction course.  There will be 3 options: 
January 31 at 6 p.m. 
February 28 at 1 p.m. 
April 4 at 9 a.m.  
Please note that registration closes at 9a.m. the day prior to each program. Live-stream training is $35. For more information and registration instructions please visit this link

CropsTV is returning for a third season.This program allows participants to watch recordings wherever it is most convenient for them, whether that be at home, in the office, etc. You just need an internet connection. Note that this program is exclusively on-demand and episodes will be available for viewing from Jan. 3 through the end of March for subscribers. CropsTV features 33 episodes that cover a variety of topics that were selected from the Integrated Crop Management Conference, Crop Advantage Series, or they are exclusive to CropsTV. Registration Link. 

Planter University was such a big hit last year we brought it back for a second year! The ISU Crops Team is excited to partner with the Digital Ag at ISU to bring you this workshop the week of February 6-10.This event will be a company-neutral (not focused on one particular equipment brand) learning opportunity to help farmers continue to better understand and optimize their planting setup. The focus won't be on telling farmers what settings they should be running, but rather the theory behind planting equipment and new planting technology allowing participants to evaluate and identify the right setting for them, their seed,  field, and equipment setup. Registration is limited to allow for hands on demonstrations with both high speed and traditional row unit demo stands. Cost is $85/person and does include refreshments/lunch. 

Angie Rieck-Hinz
Extension Field Agronomist
Cell: 515-231-2830
Twitter: @nciacrops

 Cerro Gordo,
Franklin, Hamilton, Hardin,
Humboldt, Webster,
Worth and Wright Counties.

Past Issues of this Newsletter
Additional Resources

Integrated Crop Management 

Ag Decision Maker

Iowa Environmental Mesonet

ISU Women in Ag 
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